Our Environment

Greta Thunberg observed that the vast majority of people she talks to agree entirely with what she says and then carry on as normal.


Supporting the Environment

Rotary’s 7th Area of Focus

Context

The Government declared Climate Change Emergency is real and now:


  • Since 2016 – Climate emergency declarations have been made by 1400 local governments in 28 countries.
  • 2018 – UN declares plastic pollution a global crisis.
  • March 2019 – UN Climate Action Summit – “1.5 degrees C is the socially, economically politically and scientifically safe limit to global warming by the end of this century”. A deadline set for achieving net zero emissions to 2050. 


As leaders in our communities and with the recognition of ‘Supporting the Environment’ as the seventh Rotary Area of Focus, we must do more.

The Area of Focus has moved from embryonic to established, 59 clubs now have an Environment Lead.  A District Environment Committee has formed and sits alongside, International, Youth and Community. The Committee is open to a dynamic membership dependent on current projects and priorities.

  • Chris Davies (RC Kimbolton Castle) is the District Environmental Officer.
  • The District Environment Committee comprises
  • Ange Bebbington – Food & food networks
  • Bill Hill -  Ecology & Biodiversity – 
            Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Trust
  • Carolyn Cartwright - Recycling
  • Chris Davies – Education, Reponding, How Green is your Tally, Sustainable Living
            Rivers Trust 
            Wildlife Trust for Beds Cambs & Northants
            ESRAG
  • David George – Rewilding, No Mow May
  • Gloria Heywood - Engagement
  • Joel Weaver – COP, Plastics, ‘From Rivers to Sea’ it starts with me, Citizen Science  
             Ocean Regeneration
             Sea Trust
             End Plastic Soup
  • John Rowlatt – Behavioural Change/Tree Planting/Carbon offsetting, 
             EcologiAssoc:  
  • Steve Legg – RSPB PartnershipEnvironment 
  • Committee meetings take place remotely every two months
  • Club Leads Meetings with other stakeholders are held monthly by Zoom, with alternate talks and business meetings.

Club Lead Meeting Dates.  Start 8pm

 

Business meeting/Talk

July 14th

Wed

B

August 19th

Thu

T

September 14th

Tue

B

October 18th

Mon

T

November 17th

Wed

B

December 15th

Wed

T

January 5th

Wed

B

February 15th

Tue

T

March 14th

Mon

B

April 21st

Thu

T

May: Club Assembly

 

 

June 9th

Thu

T

 

Environment Targets and Objectives 2021/22

  • 1000m of native hedging
  • 5000 trees planted
  • Establish at least one Rotary Wood UK
  • 1000 square metres of, or 100 wildlife ponds
  • A further 1000 square metres of rewilding
  • All clubs with an Environment Officer/Lead
  • 50% of Clubs with an Environment Committee
  • Reduce Personal & Club Carbon Footprints by 10%
  • 80% of Clubs with an Environmental Sustainability Policy
  • Build further partnerships with Environmental groups working to address Environmental issues.
  • Be actively involved with the UN Framework on the Conventions for Climate Change (UNFCC)
  • Roll out an educational framework, to include material for inclusion in schools & colleges curriculum
  • Develop activity in improving Recycling, Air Quality, use of Transport, Local Food networks & Seed banks
  • Reduce or eliminate single use plastic at club events
  • Provide an Environmental Risk Assessment for Rotary events

 

What can we do?

  • Change behaviours, individually, collectively and as leaders in our community, that damage our environment.
  • Contribute to District Targets – Periodically update the Wildometer with rewilding figures, ponds created, trees planted, hedges laid etc
  • Leave a third of our gardens wilded. Stop mowing lawns, or use a 4” cut for large swathes, or at the very least engage in No Mow May
  • Building on our enhanced awareness of the Natural world to encourage interest in our environment, visits to farms, open gardens, wildflower meadows, gravel pits, use a club WhatsApp Environment Group etc
  • Change behaviours, individually, collectively and as leaders in our community, that damage our environment.
  • Add a Green Spot to your Rotary meetings and/or Newsletters/Facebook. Include what members have done since the last meeting and ideas to try. Trickle feed ideas through Chris for the District magazine
  • Coalesce litter picking initiatives into the same date across population centres to coincide with the National Great British Spring Clean week.
  • Record all litter picking data on the Rivers Trust data collection form to drive change
  • Record all your Environmental Activities on DEEGIS the new District Environment Esri Geographic Information System
  • Poetry with an Environmental flavour– Each opportunity you get
  • Reduce significantly or preferably eliminate single use plastics, particularly at Rotary events.
  • Advocate: Refuse, Reduce, Repair, Reuse, Rehome, Recycle, Rot
  • Work with schools to encourage ponds/trees/wildflower gardens. Chair or contribute to,  school ‘Sustainability Boards’ – listen to ideas and help make them happen. Provide educational materials for tutorials (from District)
  • Reduce unnecessary and polluting travel
  • Participate in Rotary initiatives, such as offsetting through Ecologi and Rivers to the Sea, it starts with me
  • Support the Young Environmentalist competition
  • Purple for Polio – Plant crocuses
  • Ensure a proportion of our unrestricted charity club funds go towards green charities or charitable causes
  • Invite Environmental speakers to club meetings
  • Use How Green is my Tally? Appendix: Club Environmental Policy
  • Post COVID, retain a proportion of meetings on Zoom or equivalent
  • Pursue a sustainable balanced diet
  • Reduce food waste
  • Buy local in season foods 
  • Work with local farmers, councils & landowners to rewild and support environmentally friendly practices & nature
  • Encourage legacies. Leave an acre for Rewilding, a Pocket forest, Pocket Park, Nature reserve, Memorial park etc– DARWIN (District Acre Rewilding INitaitive)
  • Stop and Think, Compare & Decide & Act Now



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    Our Environment pages:

    1070 Environment Newsletters

    more Provides links to the newsletters produced to date.

    Behavioural Change/Tree Planting/Carbon offsetting

    more .

    COP, Plastics, ‘From Rivers to Sea’ it starts with me, Citizen Science

    more .

    Rewilding, No Mow May

    more .

    Education, Reponding, How Green is your Tally, Sustainable Living

    more .

    Recycling

    more .

    Ecology & Biodiversity

    more .

    Food & Food Networks

    more .

    Rotary Spring Clean

    more AS you all know the state of our country is a big problem, local councils do not seem to want to spend what little money they have left in their coffers. Volunteers like Rotary have taken up the baton in many clubs.

    Environmental Competition

    more Read details of a past competition and see details of a new District Competition